By Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis
In 1966 younger males from Sweden wrote and recorded a music known as Isnt It effortless to assert, which marked the start of a songwriting and checklist generating partnership that has endured to this present day. because the Nineteen Sixties drifted into the Seventies, they began making recordings with lady singers (who additionally later turned their wives), a operating dating that will proceed until eventually August 1982. in the course of that interval the foursome recorded a set of songs which heralded essentially the most winning recording careers the area has ever identified and claimed a distinct position within the heritage of renowned music.
That quartet was once after all Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, greater referred to as ABBA, and this ebook is the tale of those humans and their recordings. according to huge examine and numerous hours of unique interviews with all 4 individuals of ABBA, their engineer Michael B. Tretow and plenty of of the musicians that performed with the band, ABBA - the whole Recording periods recounts their tale in a fashion that hasn't ever been advised sooner than.
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1'). On 17th November, ABBA had embarkea on their first European tour, with dates played in Denmark, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Mildly successful, playing to a capacity house only on the Denmark concert, the first part of the tour ended two weeks later. 1'. 48 The Complete Recording Sessions 7th and 8th January Ljudkopia Studio. Recording 'Bang-A-Boomerang'. Benny Andersson (keyboards), Janne Schaffer, Björn Ulvaeus (guitar), Mike Watson (bass), Roger Palm (drums). In a November 1974 interview, while ABBA were busy touring, Stig Anderson stated that the Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson team somehow had to find time to compose a suitable entry for the Swedish heat of the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest.
Another typical ABBA feature, introduced on this record and also borrowed from Phil Spector, was the handling of the lead vocals. Rather than being the focal point of the recording, they were almost buried in the mix, and were more or less treated as just another sound ingredient. In fact, when the record was released, Polar received complaints from the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, who insisted that there must be something wrong with the record! On 10th February, the contest was held and to everyone's astonishment, Björn, Benny, Agnetha and Frida only finished third.
13th December Metronome Studio. Recording 'I'm Gonna Sing You A Love Song' (working title of 'Gonna Sing You My Lovesong'). Benny Andersson (keyboards), Janne Schaffer, Björn Ulvaeus (guitar), Rutger Gunnarsson (bass), Ola Brunkert (drums). One of the highlights of the 'Waterloo' album was this beautiful ballad with lyrics by Benny, and with Frida on lead vocals. The singing was of course always one of ABBA's strongest points, with Agnetha and Frida never giving less than their all. In the early days, the girls would usually be acquainted with the song when they got to the studio, since the songs were mostly composed at their respective homes, "We would try the songs out at home by the piano, before the backing track was recorded, to make sure that the song was in the right key for whoever was going to be the lead singer," says Frida.
ABBA: The Complete Recording Sessions by Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis